Best Cities to Train Brazilian Jiu-JItsu in California

Best Cities to Train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in California


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Regardless of your location in California, other than the remote locations, you can throw a rock and hit an elite gym with at least one elite BJJ player and/or coach. If you’re new here and curious of the best locations to train or curious about the scene, here are some top cities in California where you can learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

Los Angeles: L.A. has a yearly influx of BJJ instructors and competitors. A throng of top BJJ academies and affiliates call L.A home. Want to train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Los Angeles may be the best bet for you! This city has top BJJ academies such as 10th Planet, Cobrinha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Rickson Gracie Jiu-jitsu and so on. It is also home to many other well known BJJ players and academies.

  San Diego: This beautiful city is not just home to top BJJ athletes. It’s has also become a top spot for BJJ tourists. With lots of tourist attractions and it's beautiful climate, San Diego is a favorite city for most BJJ instructors. They prefer it to other cities because of its close resemblance to Brazil. The training atmosphere is also quite friendly and welcoming at academies such as Atos led by Andre Galvao. Thus, if you are looking for a welcoming city to train in BJJ, San Diego is the spot for you.

San Francisco Bay Area: Besides the decent weather almost all year round, The San Francisco Bay Area which includes San Jose/Silicon Valley has a ton of Jiu-Jitsu academies and gyms to train at. The From the casual to the hardcore competitors, you can find it all in terms of training levels here. Top academies to train include Zmata - Soul Fighters , Ares BJJ, Ralph Gracie, AKA, and Caio Terra...these are just a few, there are many more!!

*Notable mentions: Sacramento and Stockton, CA(Right outside of the Bay Area)

John Porter

John is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt and founder of Livermore Supply Co. When not training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, John enjoys learning languages, traveling to the warm parts of the world, and photography. Outside of Livermore Supply Co., John has a career in the technology field.

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